Program Requirements

Middle School Education

Bachelor of Science in Education (Certifiable grades 5-9)

The curriculum for middle school teaching leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education and carries with it an initial professional certificate (IPC) to teach in the state of Missouri. Holders of this middle school certificate may be employed to teach in grades 5-9 in the certificate subject area (program option).

Degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree are required to meet the following grade point average requirements. All GPA requirements include both Missouri State and transfer grades.

  1. at least a 3.00 GPA in the certificate subject area (major field of study) which includes all courses listed under B and C.
  2. at least a 3.00 GPA in any additional certificate subject area.
  3. at least a 3.00 GPA in the professional education courses and a grade of "B" or better in all professional education courses which includes all courses listed under Program Requirements - Section 3.

Additionally, students must earn a composite score or superscore of 20 or higher on the ACT or earn passing scores on all four sub-tests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and successfully complete the other Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) as established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE).

All students must be admitted to Teacher Education and have successfully completed Supervised Teaching in order to earn this degree. Refer to Teacher Education for application procedures.

Program requirements

  1. Specific courses required for major and/or certification which may be used to satisfy General Education Requirements:
    1. Focus on Written Communication (6 hours): ENG 110(3) and ENG 210(3).
    2. Focus on Quantitative Literacy: Completion of general education requirement with a grade of "C" or better. MTH 130(3) recommended.
    3. Focus on Oral Communication: COM 115(3) with a grade of "C" or better.
    4. Focus on Life Sciences: BIO 100(4).
    5. Focus on Physical Sciences: PHY 101(4).
    6. Focus on Social and Behavioral Sciences: PSY 121(3). Note: ECO 155 cannot be double-counted if Social Science is chosen as an area of subject matter option.
    7. Focus on Cultural Competence: GRY 100 is required if Social Science is chosen as an area of subject matter option.
    8. Courses used to meet the Focus on Humanities and the Focus on the Arts must have two (2) different course codes to meet state certification requirements. ART 200 or MUS 241 recommended.
    9. Focus on Constitution of U.S. and Missouri and American History and Institutions (6 hours): HST 121(3) or 122(3); and PLS 101(3).
  2. Area of Subject Matter Options (24 hours): Students must complete one of the following program options. This requirement is met by combining coursework required for General Education (section 1) and additional hours in the content area option. General Education requirements are bolded. Courses noted with an asterisk are those that cannot be double-counted toward both General Education requirements and the program option.
    1. Language Arts Option (24 hours):
      1. ENG 110(3), 210(3), 338(3), 390(3); 520(3) or 521(3).
      2. Three courses from: ENG 235(3), 296(3), 340(3), 341(3), 350(3), 351(3), 354(3), 355(3).
    2. Mathematics Option (24-26 hours):
      1. MTH 130(3), 320(3), 343(3), 360(3), 377(3), 478(3), 479(3).
      2. One course from: ​​​​​MTH 134(3), 136(3), 137(3), 138(5).
    3. Science Option (24 hours): BIO 100(4), PHY 101(4), BIO 205(2), CHM 116(4), CHM 117(1), GRY 108(3), GRY 240(4), PHY 501(2).
    4. Social Sciences Option (24 hours):
      1. GRY 100(3), HST 121(3), HST 122(3), PLS 101(3), HST 103(3)*, HST 104(3)*, ECO 155(3)*.
      2. One course from: HST 324(3), 331(3), 335(3), 343(3), 350(3), 369(3), 380(3), 381(3).
        *Cannot be double-counted toward both General Education requirements and the program option.
  3. Professional Education (50-51 hours): Note: A grade of "B" or better in each course is required.
    1. Foundations of Teaching: EDC 345(3), EDC 350(3), EDT 365(3), EDT 520(1), PSY 360(3), SPE 340(2).
    2. Teaching Methods: MID 400(3), RDG 474(3), RDG 574(3), SFR 486(3).
    3. Complete a content area methods course related to option chosen above:
      1. ENG 405(3) - Language Arts
      2. MTH 409(3) - Mathematics
      3. SCI 404(3) - Science
      4. HST 418(4) - Social Sciences
    4. Clinical Experiences: SEC 302(3), MID 425(2), MID 439(3), MID 493(6)*, MID 494(6).
      *Note: Students must have a passing score on Missouri Content Assessment in chosen area by the start of supervised teaching.
    5. EDC 150(0) Introduction to Teaching. EDC 150 is required for students who completed a beginning teaching methods/field experience course at another institution and who wish to apply course credit toward completion of the SEC 302 requirement.
  4. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of MID 493(6) and 494(6).
  5. This program also requires compliance with Teacher Education for eligibility to enroll in Professional Education courses; admission to and continuance in Teacher Education; approval for supervised teaching; and recommendation for certification.

University level requirements

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements